The Socio-Political Geography of Buddhism in Contemporary Societies

The conference, sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Studies, will feature experts on China, Japan, Burma and minority communities of the China-Burma border.

Saturday, January 12, 2002
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Royce Hall Room 314
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Politics and Buddhism will be the focus of "The Socio-Political Geography of Buddhism in Contemporary Societies,"

Following the presentations will be a screening of  To the Land of Bliss, a 2001 documentary on Chinese Buddhists under the People’s Republic of China. The film's creator describes the film as "a window into a vibrant Buddhist world that has remained unknown to many within and outside of China."

  • 10:00-11:10
    Burma/China: State Development and Popular Buddhist Revival on the China-Burma Borders
    Sara Davis, UCLA Visiting Scholar:
  • 11:10-12:20
    Burma: Buddhist Eschatology and Samgha-State Relations
    Patrick Pranke, Middlebury College:
  • 1:30-2:40
    Japan: After Aum: Religion and Civil Society in Japan
    Helen Hardacre, Harvard University:
  • 3:00-4:30
    China: Documentary "To the Land of Bliss" (2001)
    Wenjie Qin, Harvard University:

Graduate Coordinator: Melissa E. Birchard, Center Director: Robert E. Buswell, Jr.

For more information call (310) 206-4928.

Special Instructions
For more information call (310) 206-4928.

Cost : Free and open to the public

Sponsor(s): Center for Buddhist Studies

Center for Buddhist Studies • 11385 Bunche Hall • Box 951487 • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487
Tel: (310) 825-2089 • Fax: (310) 206-3555 • Email:

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